178: I hesitate and draw blanks when I speak

<p>Rafael asks: "How can I stop hesitating when I speak English?"</p> <h2>Episode Summary:</h2> <p>Hesitation happens either when:</p> <ul> <li>You don't have the vocabulary you need</li> <li>You don't know how to express something</li> </ul> <p>Speaking fluidly, without hesitation, comes with a lot of practice.</p> <ul> <li>Practice more regularly with native speakers</li> <li>Increase your vocabulary on common topics, focusing on full sentences</li> <li>Spend more time with the "whole language" - reading and listening with transcripts</li> <li>Learn monologues and rehearse them thoroughly</li> <li>Try shadowing</li> </ul> <h2>Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:</h2> <ul> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2nDKTOf">English Short Stories For Intermediate Learners</a> - my book of short stories for English learners</li> </ul> <p> </p> <h2>Start speaking today:</h2> <p>I’d like to thank <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target= "_blank">iTalki</a> for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target= "_blank">http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes</a></p> <h2>Do you have a question?</h2> <p>Ask me your language learning questions by <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask" target="_blank">clicking here</a>, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, <a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/itunes" target= "_blank">please subscribe to the show on iTunes</a> to get automatic updates.</p> <hr /> <p>Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…</p> <ul> <li><strong>Share the episode</strong> using the social media buttons around you</li> <li><strong>Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes</strong> (<a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/review" target="_blank">click here to do that</a>)</li> </ul> <p>iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!</p>


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